Title: The Couple Next Door

Author: Shari Lapena


Sleeve Summary: Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all-a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one hot summer night they are invited to a dinner party next door, and a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.  Inside the Contis’ curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years. What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family- a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

My summary: What was supposed to be a fun night out without the baby turned into the worst night of the Contis’ life. They were just going next door, it wasn’t going to be that long, they would check on her every couple of hours, she would be fine. That’s what these first time parents thought when they went to the neighbors house for dinner. When they returned home to find their precious baby taken out of their own home they were devastated. But nothing could prepare them for the worst days of their lives. Every time you thought you knew who was behind the kidnapping the author would throw in a new twist. This book will definitely keep you thinking and trying to put the clues together right up until the end and you will be in for a surprise. You will be surprised at the ending, you could have never guessed who is behind the unraveling of an entire family.

Tripoli’s Coffee Shop

We found this place on lazy Sunday afternoon when we didn’t want to go too far from home. And to say we were impressed is an understatement. We instantly fell in love with all this shop has to offer including a Mediterranean grill. I can’t say enough about this place it is nice and quiet so you can do work or read if you choose to do so or you can sit by the window and people watch.

The shop is very inviting and the staff is great. On top of that the shop was spacious with lots of seating both couches to relax on and a huge table to work on. The best part of all is they have plenty of space and activities for kids! My younger kids who usually don’t go with us to coffee shops had a blast and played the whole time we were there. The shop is located in a shopping strip off of Valley Hi so there is plenty of parking and it’s pretty easy to get to. The best part is of course their Nutella Latte! It is a must try especially if you love Nutella. We will definitely be spending lots of time here since it’s not only offers great variety but it’s also so close to home.

Tripoli’s Mediterranean Grill and Coffee Shop

322 Valley Hi Drive

San Antonio, TX 78227

An Anonymous Girl

Authors: Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Synopsis: Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave.

Question #1: Could you tell a lie without feeling guilt?

But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking… and what she’s hiding.

Question #2: Have you ever deeply hurt someone you care about?

As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

Question #3: Should a punishment always fit the crime?

My Thoughts: If you read the Wife Between Us and enjoyed it you will love this book as well! It starts off kind of slow in the beginning but as the details of Dr. Shields life come into play it starts to really get interesting. Just when you think you have a good idea about what is to come next for Jessica, Dr. Shields throws you for a loop. But then as Jessica finds out what she thinks are Dr. Shields true intentions with her and what has happened in Dr. Shields past with other “participants” of her study that’s when the fun really begins. And when Jessica tries to flip Dr. Shield game on her the tables will quickly turn. The ending will surprise you. This is a definite must read. I love these two authors together, they write some great books! If you have not read The Wife Between Us you need to!


Rosella on Jones 1

I first heard about Rosella right before Charles Gonzales left his job as a part time newscaster. They aired a segment explaining why he was retiring. Then to be honest I completely forgot about it. That was until the San Antonio Coffee Festival, where I tried their coffee for the first time. I tried it straight black with no creamer or sugar, (since dairy and my face don’t get along) and it tasted great. I don’t usually like black coffee but I was actually surprised how good the coffee tasted without anything in it. I was sold.


We visited the Rosella on Jones Ave and I was beautiful. There is plenty of seating inside and also plenty of seating outside. There is also a loft area upstairs with a good amount of seating. We have taken family from Dallas to Rosella and they also loved it. It is a great place to sit and work or to have great conversations over coffee with some friends. There is also plenty of free street parking along the building.

We most defiantly look forward to visiting Rosella at the Rand and we are most excited about trying Rosella at the Garden.

Rosella on Jones

203 E Jones Ave #101

San Antonio, Tx 78215

How To Be A Good Wife

Author:  Emma Chapman

Sleeve Summary: Marta and Hector have been married for a long time. Through the good and bad; through raising a son and sending him off to life after college. So long, in fact, that Marta finds it difficult to remember her life before Hector. He has always taken care of her, and she has always done everything she can to be a good wife-as advised by a dog-eared manual given to her by Hector’s aloof mother on their wedding day. But now, something is changing. Small things seem off. A flash of movement in the corner of her eye, elapsed moments that she can’t recall. Visions of a blonde girl in the darkness that only Marta can see. Perhaps she is starting to remember-or perhaps her mind is playing tricks on her. As Marta’s visions persist and her reality grows more disjointed, it’s unclear if the danger lies in the world around her or in Marta herself. The girl is becoming more real everyday, and she wants something…. Chilling and page-turning, How To Be A Good Wife unravels with unnerving precision and compelling uncertainty, introducing a tremendous new talent in psychological fiction.


My thoughts: This book kept me thinking through out the whole time. I would think that I knew what was real and what wasn’t then the author would throw something in there that would throw me for a loop. Just when I thought I had figured it out and thought that it was Marta’s imagination playing tricks on her the very next sentence would have me thinking that maybe what she was experiencing was real. EEEK! It kept me going back and fourth through out the whole book, even when I got to the end I was still conflicted about if I believed Marta or Hector. To be honest in the beginning of the book I was a little bored because I thought that Marta was just a crazy person who was off her meds and just imagining things, but as I got deeper into the book and she started piecing together her past with what she was imaging it all started to come together. At the end, I still wasn’t sure who to believe but I was such a sad ending.

Barrio Barista

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This is actually the first place we visited when we started our coffee shop journey. We instantly fell in love with this place because of it’s uniqueness. It is located on the West side of San Antonio on Culebra and when you first drive up to the shop it looks like and old house. Then you walk inside and it reminds me of an old tavern.

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There is a bar where you can sit and drink your coffee and watch the barista work. There is also a lot of comfortable seating inside and plenty of seating outside. There is also Wi-Fi so you can work or just sit and just people watch. It’s nice and relaxing with music playing in the background and on the weekends seems to be pretty busy. They have plenty of drink options to choose from but best of all they have an awesome food menu to choose from as well. Their serving sizes are huge.

The owner of Barrio Barista, Mr. De Hoyos is a very sweet man he walks around and talks to customers to make sure they are doing okay. He has stopped by our table when we are there with my children to make sure they ate all their food. He has even given them cookies for finishing their food. He is super sweet as well as all the staff we have encountered at the shop.

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The kids and I love this place and I’m sure you will too. Hope to see you there soon!


Barrio Barista

3735 Culebra Rd.

San Antonio, TX 78228


The Other Side of Everything


Title: The Other Side Of Everything

Author: Lauren Doyle Owens

Jacket Summary: Bernard White is a widower who has lived in Seven Springs, Florida, for decades. When one of his neighbors is murdered, Bernard emerges from his solitude to reconnect with his fellow octogenarians, forging literal lifeline as a second, and then third, elderly woman is murdered. “The originals,” as they call themselves, realize that they are being targeted. Amy Unger is an artist and cancer survivor who emotional recovery has not been as successful as her physical one. After the woman next door is killed, she begins to paint imagined scenes from the murder in an effort to cope with her own loss. But when her paintings prove to be too realistic, her neighbors grow suspicious, and the murderer seeks to silence her. And then there’s Maddie Lowe, a fifteen-year-old waitress struggling to keep her family together in the wake of her mother’s abandonment. As Maddie tries to maintain the semblance of a normal teenage life, she finds herself drawn to the primary murder suspect. As they navigate their increasingly dangerous and tumultuous worlds, Bernard, Amy and Maddie begin to uncover the connections between them, and the past and present, in a novel that ultimately proves the power of tragedy to spark renewal.

My thoughts:  To be honest when I first started reading this book, I was so fascinated at the description of the murder. I was captivated really, but then when I continued reading and the author didn’t continue talking about the murder I was really disappointed. I wanted to know all the details about the murdered woman so I can figure out who killed her before the author even told us who did. As an avid crime show watcher, I thought I can figure this out just tell me about who her friends were, what happened the night that lead up to the murder, and I can figure this out. So when the next chapter was about her neighbors and what was going on in their lives I was a bit frustrated because I wanted to know more about Adel and later on Helen! But as time goes on you see how they all become part of each others stories. What I also took away from this book was how little we actually know about what is going on behind close doors of every character’s lives. Their personal struggles, how they fight their personal battles. Whether it be their health, their marital relationships, or their relationships with their parents or lack thereof. We truly don’t know what goes on in people’s lives behind close doors.